Namak Halaal

Namak Halaal, India, 16 April 1982

Namak Halaal (Hindi: नमक हलाल) is a 1982 Hindi language comedy film, directed by Prakash Mehra. Music is by Bappi Lahiri and lyrics by Anjaan. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Smita Patil, Shashi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, Om Prakash, Waheeda Rehman, Ranjeet, Satyen Kappu, Suresh Oberoi and Ram Sethi. The film became a "Blockbuster" at the box office and went on to be a golden jubilee hit (which was common to all Bachchan films at that time).

It was remade in Tamil as Velaikaran by veteran director S.P. Muthuraman in 1986 with Rajnikanth and Sarath Babu in Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor's role respectively and was a huge hit.

  • Genre: Romantic
  • Runtime: 164 Minutes
  • Director: Prakash Mehra


Young Arjun (Amitabh Bachchan) is brought up by his Daddu (paternal grandfather) (Om Prakash). His Daddu decides for him to go to the city in search of a new job and life. While in the city he meets up with Bhairon (Ram Sethi) who guides him into an interview in a 5-star hotel owned by Raja (Shashi Kapoor).

While in the hotel, Arjun meets Poonam (Smita Patil) and falls in love with her. During this time, many attempts are made to kill Raja by Girdhar Singh (Satyendra Kapoor) and his son (Ranjeet). The blame for these murders falls on Raja's mother (Waheeda Rehman), who is actually Arjun's mother. Realising all this Arjun takes an oath, no matter what happens, he will not let any harm come to Raja. As these attempts are being made, can Arjun thwart them all?